The coronavirus may affect your custody schedule

On Behalf of | Mar 20, 2020 | Child Custody |

With a pandemic in full swing, one thing that you might be concerned about is having your child move back and forth between homes. It certainly could pose a danger if they’re constantly being exposed to new people, and there is a risk that they could fall ill.

This is an unusual circumstance, and it’s probably one that you didn’t account for when you discussed what you’d do in an emergency. On top of that, your entire schedule may have been thrown into disarray as a result of day cares closing down and workplaces requiring employees to work from home.

If there is one thing that is clear, it’s that few people really know what to expect in a situation like this. True pandemics usually occur only a few times in a person’s lifetime, and they may never truly be affected. In this case, you just happen to be.

How can you quickly change your custody schedule to accommodate the coronavirus?

This is one instance where it would be beneficial for you to be flexible. You and your ex-spouse may want to discuss which household would be safer for your child, too. For example, if you are working from home and have stocked up for a quarantine period, you may want to talk to your ex-spouse about staying in with your child. If your ex-spouse still needs to work, then they may agree that it’s safer to keep your child in one place, at least temporarily.

If you both relied on day care services before, you might be struggling with that, too. Fortunately, many businesses are making accommodations for people with children so that they can work from home if they can’t find someone to watch their children while they work.

This is an unusual situation. Parents need to try to be flexible, but be reasonable, too. Do what is in the best interests of your child.

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